We do love labels, don’t we? Or rather sometimes I think we have a love/hate relationship with them. Especially when it comes to our children. We label them athletes, we label them gifted & talented, we label them ADD, we label them honor roll, we label them gamers.
Do we stop and think what these labels do to their self-confidence or to their psyche?
Fat? Skinny? Tall? Short? Blonde? Masculine? Feminine?
Why do we need these labels? And the schools play along, or sometimes lead the parade.
Why is it acceptable for them to call one program the “Gifted & Talented Program” but another program for kids who don’t meet the criteria for that one, could they call it the “Ungifted & Untalented Program”? No, that wouldn’t be PC.
Does the kid who makes it into the advanced program feel superior? Or do they feel pressure?
I don’t have solutions, or answers, this post is simply a rant, or maybe it’s the opening up of a discussion. Why do we need to label our kids? Why do we need to label ourselves? Why do we need labels at all?